Airport Ground Travel Plan
Sydney Airport is Australia’s major gateway to the world and our nation’s busiest airport. In 2010, Sydney Airport handled an average of more than 97,000 airline passengers each day, or 35.6 million passengers for the year. The airport also hosts tens of thousands of meeters and greeters each day. Further, a total of 16,000 airport workers are estimated to be employed within the airport site, with a maximum daily population of 12,000.
As Australia’s busiest inter-modal transport interchange, these people use a variety of public and private transport options including train, taxis, bus and shuttle bus services, limousine services, rental cars, private coaches, airport and off-airport parking, and private vehicle pick-ups and drop-offs.
With the publication of the Airport Ground Travel Plan (AGTP) in 2006, Sydney Airport demonstrated its commitment to exploring innovative ways to improve the sustainable transport options for passengers, airport staff and visitors travelling to and from Sydney Airport. The AGTP was the first ground transport statement from a major Australian airport and it identifies specific opportunities to promote non-car modes of access to and from Sydney Airport and, in particular, it aims to encourage a shift to more sustainable public transport modes.
The AGTP can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:
Airport Ground Travel Plan (1.2MB)
Mode share proportions identified in the AGTP show that non-private car travel to the airport represents more than 50 per cent of all trips undertaken by passengers and staff. This includes 11 per cent by rail and four per cent by bus. Sydney Airport wants to increase the total public transport mode share by a further five per cent by 2024.
This can only be achieved if the NSW Government provides more efficient, effective and affordable public transport services.
Sydney Airport’s September 2009 submission to the NSW Government’s Transport Blueprint process included a number of proposals to improve public transport access to the airport. The submission can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Sydney Airport Submission to NSW Government Transport Blueprint (0.5MB)
In summary, Sydney Airport supports:
- Continued implementation of the NSW Government’s ‘Clearways’ program and Rail Growth Plan.
- Reforming the fare structure for users of the Airport Rail Link which will quickly increase the number of people travelling to and from Sydney Airport by train (1.1 million extra rail journeys this year, 3.7 million extra by 2029), more efficiently use existing rail infrastructure and help alleviate traffic congestion on roads.
- The early introduction of additional bus routes that stop at, rather than bypass, Sydney Airport’s passenger terminals.
To improve motorway access, Sydney Airport also supports widening the M5 South West Motorway, duplicating the M5 East and building the M4 Extension.
In accordance with the Airports (Control of On-Airport Activities) Regulations 1997, Sydney Airport provides comprehensive Ground Transport/Parking Signage Plans. These can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:
Airport Ground Transport Signage – Airport Overview (505KB)
Airport Ground Transport Signage – International Arrivals (2MB)
Airport Ground Transport Signage – International Departures (1.9MB)
Airport Ground Transport Signage – Airport Drive (1.4MB)
Airport Ground Transport Signage – Qantas Drive (1.4MB)
Airport Ground Transport Signage – Domestic Arrivals - 1 (2MB)
Airport Ground Transport Signage – Domestic Arrivals - 2 (1.8MB)
Airport Ground Transport Signage – Domestic Departures (1.9MB)
Airport Ground Transport Signage – Ross Smith Ave - 1 (1.5MB)
Airport Ground Transport Signage – Ross Smith Ave - 2 (1.6MB)